Jamie Carragher states his prediction for Chelsea FC v Liverpool FC

Jamie Carragher says that Liverpool FC are the favourites heading into their clash with Chelsea FC on Sunday

Jamie Carragher
Ex-Liverpool FC defender Jamie Carragher (Photo: Sky Sports)

Jamie Carragher says that Liverpool FC are the favourites heading into Sunday’s showdown with Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge.

The Reds head into the game looking to extend their brilliant start to the new season under Jurgen Klopp, with the Reds having won all five of their opening top flight games of the new campaign.

Liverpool FC are aiming to go one step better than they did last season, when they missed out on the title to Manchester City by a single point.

Chelsea FC, meanwhile, are aiming to make it back to back wins in the Premier League this season as they bid to climb the table and challenge for a top-four finish under new boss Frank Lampard.

Liverpool FC legend Carragher says that the Reds are the firm favourites to claim all three points on Sunday.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Carragher said: “I still class Liverpool as favourites [on Sunday]. It’s a tough game but if you had to pick Chelsea or Liverpool to come out on top in that game, you’d still fancy Liverpool.”

The Reds legend then went on to explain why Liverpool FC winning at Chelsea FC would come as a “blow” to Manchester City despite it being so early in the title race.

He continued: “Liverpool lost the league by a point last season and you look at where they slipped up, but they only lost one game.

“You think of the draws they had and Man City went to a lot of the top teams, the rivals, and won.

“In years gone by, if you went to a rival and drew, you’d be delighted, but it’s not good enough now for the top teams or certainly if you want to go for the title. Liverpool only won at Spurs last season [away to the big six teams] and they have to improve that. Chelsea is the first place for them and it’s a big away game.

“With Liverpool having a five-point lead, it is very early and I don’t think it really matters too much. But to go to Chelsea and win, I think that would be a little blow for City.

“It is very early and there is months to go but when you see your rival going to a tough game and get three points, they’ll be thinking ‘we’ve still got to go there and do the same’ so it is a big game for both teams obviously. But if Liverpool could get three points there, that’s the area they have to improve upon from last season.

“The start of this season has been good because it feels like 10 years ago when we were playing, where – even though Gary played for one of the top teams – in the first seven or eight games, they might draw a game or lose a game and then they’d kick into gear. That happened every season.

“With City and Liverpool, especially last season, they just win from day one and it doesn’t seem to change. Now though, it is all happening like a normal season and it is only Liverpool really who haven’t had that hiccup early on.”

Liverpool FC won their first major trophy under Klopp last season when they lifted the Champions League after having beaten Tottenham in the final.

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